Sovereignty' is a word we need to put into our vocabulary, because it refers to someone who has total control. In Mark chapter 5 the disciples learn that Jesus Christ is sovereign. He doesn't just have power to sway masses of people or perform little miracles here and there. He commands nature and nature obeys. He is God in the flesh!
Demons do all they can to keep people from following Christ. They hate God. They are in constant war with him. But in Mark 5 we discover in remarkable fashion that demons are all talk. When standing face to face with Christ even the Devil cowers.
Few things strike more terror into the heart of a student than the announcement of a pop quiz! That's exactly what Jesus gives His disciples in Mark 4:35-41. He tests their faith by putting them in a boat in the middle of a raging storm . . . and they fail miserably! But in the process they learn something about Jesus that will literally revolutionaize their lives. It can revolutionize yours too!
Faithfulness in the past doesn't always guarantee faithfulness in the future. Gideon started out as a model leader, but he soon became a victim of his own popularity and prosperity. What happened to make him stumble? What caused this once godly man to fall? His story is a warning to all of us today.
The 21st century Christian has more access to other believers than ever before. The internet, telephone, and quick transportation lend themselves as tools for unity. But the Church still isn't as unified as it should be. Greater opportunity for communication has only given us greater opportunity for bickering and fighting. In Judges 7-8 Gideon teaches us how to say no to disunity.
When we think of men who accomplished mighty things for God, we might think of David killing Goliath or Abraham offering his son Isaac or Paul facing constant persecution. But as Stephen points out in this message, the little things count to God as well. God might not call us to kill a giant or offer our child as a sacrifice, but He has called us to obey His Word daily. And that, in His eyes, is a mighty deed!
There he stood, waiting, watching, and wondering, not realizing that this act would make history. "Would the fleece be wet?" Gideon wondered. "Is it really God's will?" This singular incident is what is most often remembered about this particular judge of Israel. However, Stephen's study of the life of Gideon reveals that this story is about much more than a fleece.
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. ***This program is a repeat of QA07 which aired May 2015***
The sovereign work of God in Gideon's life reminds us that God uses simple, ordinary believers to do extraordinary things for His glory.
One of the most powerful illustrations of Christian living is found in Isaac's willingness to let his father, Abraham, sacrifice him in obedience to God. From his example we learn the difficult truth that Christianity is all about stepping up to the altar.Â